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FANTEAM DAILY FANTASY GOLF – PGA CHAMPIONSHIP DAY 2

RORY BULLIES SOUTHERN HILLS AS BIG NAMES STRUGGLE

Rory came out of the gates on the first day of the PGA Championship with an opening round 65. He bullied the golf course from the very start and was spraying bombs off the tee, often leaving himself with 80 yard shots into the greens. Watching Rory yesterday was like going back in a time machine as this was like a 23 year old version of the Northern Irishman.

Will Zalatoris and Tom Hoge are Rory’s closest competitors currently with the pair opening up with rounds of 66 sitting just 1 shot back. Justin Thomas was the best from the PM wave shooting a 67 and sits just 2 shots back. A tightly packed leaderboard as we move onto CUT Friday where the top 70 and ties will make the weekend. 

FanTeam have created a Day 2 PGA Championship contest for us to enjoy. €2 buy-in with €600  prize pool. Contests start 20th May, 13.00pm BST 14.00pm CET

WEATHER

It was a tough day for most yesterday as Southern Hills proved it was a true golfing test. The morning wave did indeed get the easier conditions, with scoring playing about a shot easier compared to the PM wave. The gap might however get bigger today, with yesterday’s afternoon players going out early in windy potentially stormy weather. 

When building lineups it might be worth factoring in the weather, with the PM wave having the clear advantage today.

ROUND 1 STATS

STROKES GAINED ON APPROACH 

Approach is the most important attribute this week. The degree of difficulty for approach shots here will be incredibly high due to the uneven lies, leveled off greens, and surrounding short grass. Many approach shots will be with long irons and ranging from 150-200 yards out so great iron play is key. 

  1. Cameron Smith
  2. Si Woo Kim
  3. Tom Hoge
  4. Keith Mitchell
  5. Abraham Ancer

STROKES GAINED OFF THE TEE (DRIVING DISTANCE)

This course is made for bombers, the long hitters will have a sugnifficant advantage as Rory proved on day one as he bullied it from the tee. Why this is not the most important stat it’s worth taking a look at after seeing what Rory did yesterday.

  1. Dean Burmester
  2. Rory McIlroy
  3. Luke List
  4. Corey Conners
  5. Tony Finau

STROKES GAINED PUTTING

Ben Crenshaw said this in regards to Southern Hills, “You could putt these greens your entire life and not figure them out.”With the huge banks and contours on these greens I will be weighting putting into my model a little more this week, especially in the 5-10ft range.

  1. Patton Kizzire
  2. Brendan Steele
  3. Rory McIlroy
  4. Will Zalatoris
  5. Gary Woodland

BOUNCE BACK SCORE

Something new for this week is bounce back scoring. This stat is determined by using a golfers tee to green numbers and their putting expectation. In doing this we can determine golfers who should bounce back if they continue to hit their irons well and return to the putting baseline. Here’s the top 5 from round 1.

  1. Keith Mitchell
  2. Si Woo Kim
  3. Harold Varner
  4. Matt Kuchar
  5. Dean Burmester

TEAM REVEAL

Although I will be entering multiple entries in the golf  cash games, this is one of my lineups for the PGA Championship contest on FanTeam.

As you can see, the lineup is built around the player stats from round 1 above.

I hope this article has given you plenty of food for thought – especially for those of you that know very little about golf, but are playing in Friday’s PGA Championship contest.

Day 2 PGA Championship cash contests  start at 13.00BST 14.00CET,  so be sure to enter your lineups early to avoid missing out.

All stats are from Fantasy National Golf Club. You can get 20% off any package now by using this link FANTASYNATIONAL.COM/FANTEAM You will not be disappointed. 

Please feel free to message me on Twitter @JackHumphreyKM if you have any questions – all support queries should go to @FanTeamOfficial.

HOW TO GET INVOLVED

If you’re new to FanTeam then you’ll need to create a new account here – alternatively, head on over to fanteam.com and click the green ‘Register’ button in the top right corner.

Existing users can click the graphic below for direct access to the game lobby.

Best of luck to everyone entering  – I look forward to seeing your usernames on the Leaderboard.

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